The Big 4 is the Big 4 for a reason. It bugs me when people have the gall to look at them and say they’re hardly developed, they’re cliché (and that’s bad), or there’s nothing there, when they themselves ship something that makes little sense or is obscure. It’s developed- Mashima’s given countless chapters to these pairs interacting whether platonic or otherwise. It seems cliché because of course we’ve seen these kind of couples before- we can identify with them. That doesn’t make them bad.
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Coming from the abortion storyline of Season 3, I think it’s extremely important that the writers included so much on Princess Carolyn’s miscarriages. The shame-free portrayal of Diane’s abortion directly contrasts with PC’s experience, especially as she struggles alone. I think it’s significant that everybody has an opinion in the abortion episode, everybody has some anecdote or comfort to give. Whereas PC is offered little to no direct support or acknowledgement. Her doctor treats her as callously and devoid of empathy as Diane’s did to her, except here we had no one speaking up, no one speaking back. She is given blame and no actual advice or help, emphasising the complete lack of support on offer for a lot of women who suffer miscarriages. Even well-meaning Todd is at a loss for words when trying to think what he should say to her at the apartment. Most heartbreaking of all perhaps, is that PC is well aware of the connotations of what has happened to her, she expects to be judged, she expects to be seen as weak and pitiful and incapable. PC’s storyline emphasises how far we still have to come in making a ‘miscarriage’ more than just some dirty word or something that women feel they have to hide.
@incorrectrotbtdquotes I’m so happy you liked my art! Here is another one, that’s being lying WIP in my files for over 2 months (high time for me to finally finish it xD). I was planning to do more, because Incorrect ROTBTD Quotes are just that addicting!
BTW this is my personal favourite, since it depicts my Team Mom Hiccup headcanon.
So Hiro Mashima wants his next series to be all about love...
Well on the one hand I can’t fault him for trying to focus on the thing thats resonated with audiences a lot more, but I have a few things I wanna say.
If you told me Hiro Mashima was going to do a series about love 5 years ago. I’d be okay with it. Afterall, I think Haru and Elie was one of the best done romances in manga. But aalso looking at one of the issues of FT is that Hiro could not balance multiple romances. So the idea of him having a series focusing on it seems off.
Before someone sites Rave’s multiple romances, lets look at the others. Romances like Let x Julia were already together in the series. Shuda x Cattelya got together off screen, Musica x Reina was handled over 2 arcs then concluded with her death, Musica x Nagisa was in one arc that got dropped after a while, and Musica x Belnika didn’t get any real resolution. What I’m saying is that as much as Hiro can do one romance really well, he still can’t do multiple.
As for FT, we all could get into essay long arguments on “Why this ship works” or “Why this relationship is abusive” etc. Look lets get one thing straight, whether you like the “big 4″ or hate them, you can’t deny a lot of them were not given enough time. In fact, the reason why Gajeel x Levy does work out of the 4 is due to both being a side cast so it makes sense that they might not get all the attention, but Natsu x Lucy resulted in either akward moents that either will be called “Romantic, Platonic, or plain intrusive” out of all the big 4 I haven’t a big problem with this ship, but if there was love, then it was definitely more ambiguous than the others. Gray x Juvia is a can of worms that has no gray area, either you love it or hate it. For me my problem is that Juvia eventually just became “I’m in love with Gray” which is something I have issue with Jellal because that was all his purpose was in the story. Oh sure he had a narrative purpose of “Fight Zeref” but in reality all he was was Erza’s love interest.
Given that we now know that Mashima had no idea what he was doing with the series, I think it’s fair to assume that he came up with a lot of these romances too late and didn’t give them enough time to justify them.
Now on to the big question, will this next series be about FT or a new universe? Well, I’m hoping it is about a new universe, not just because I want Hiro to actually write something that isn’t about FT, but because a lot of the “Big 4″ were concluded. Gajeel and Levy got together, Gray gave a pseudo confession, Erza and Jellal have mutual feelings for each other, there’s not much more you can do. The only ideas I could come up with that could possibly work with FT and romance as a continuation of the story is: it’s a jerza story that concludes their romance (Though again, we kinda now their in love), make it more of a slice of life manga about them as couples, or do the same slice of life thing only instead with their kids. This is the best I could come up with, and even I think these would be trite pandering.
Before you get the wrong impression, I actually like romance in series. In fact, one of my top 5 favorite series is a romance. What I want is a romance done well and it seems Hiro would be a lot more capable of doing that with new universe than trying to rework characters hes already had to work on with so much establishment. I personally also think that transferring to another universe allows him to make the switch of genres a lot easier. At the end of the day, FT was not a romance, but an action adventure shounen. Trying to do a sequel where it’s genre has changed could be tougher than it sounds. With a new series, he can start from scratch. I also hope it’s a new series because doing a story solely focused on romance would a call experiment. Mashima can see what he’s good at or not outside of action shounen.
That’s my thoughts on this whole thing. I still standby look forward to Hiro’s next original work and now that I know it is about romance, well that’s good to know it won’t be an after thought.